Talkers and Listeners - A Kala Kendra Initiative
Bhavan's Kala Kendra and the Sahitya Kala Sampada have jointly organised a literary event, 'Talkers & Listeners' on 10th January, 2018 at Gita Mandir, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai. Eminent Gujarati poet, author and translator, Udayan Thakker conducted the session after introducing the speakers, Mr. Gabriel Rosenstock, an Irish poet from Dublin, Ireland; Prof. Nagindas Sanghavi, Retd. Professor of Political Science, Mithibai College, Mumbai; and, Dr. Smt. Vaishali J. Dabke, Head of Sanskrit Dept., Bhavan's Somani College.
A talk on 'Gujarati Adi Kavi Narsinh Mehta' by Prof. Sanghavi was thought provoking. He critically analysed the various aspects of Narsinh Mehta's personality and his devotional compositions. He also covered other relevant topics such as the origin and spread of the Bhakti movement and the social aspects of the saint's literature. The noted Santoor artiste and columnist, Snehal Majumdar, accompanied Prof. Sanghavi while reciting some poems of Narsinh Mehta in a mesmerising manner.
Mr. Gabriel Rosenstock is a renowned Irish poet, author and playwright. He recited four of his English poems: 'Nelson's Pillar' (1966), 'The Last Postman', 'White Flags', and 'Bhima Bhoi'. He elaborated on the poet's reflection of the outer world and discussed the unique features of the poetic genre - Haiku. An audio-visual presentation of some Haikus composed by him was screened on this occasion.
Dr. (Smt.) Vaishali J. Dabke spoke eloquently on the 13 plays of the great Sanskrit playwright, Mahakavi Bhasa. She relied on the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and legends and folk-lores to bring forward Bhasa's concepts. She also discussed various unique stage-crafts and theatrical devices found in Bhasa's plays while highlighting Bhasa's creativity. A question-answer session succeeded the talks.
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